Great Places to Live

There’s more to a great neighborhood than great homes. Include top-notch schools, easy transportation, stellar shopping, cultural and recreational diversions, and a palpable pride of place. Here are 11 areas that stand out.

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Indeed, those types of commercial developments exist, but mostly along the U.S. 301 corridor on Middletown’s western edge. In the town center, the large, well-maintained stock of Victorian homes is bordered by Main Street improvements that include buried utility lines and other streetscape initiatives. The historic Everett Theatre is home to children’s arts programs, the Delaware Theater Association’s annual play festival, movies, concerts and other events. The Gilbert W. Perry Jr. Center for the Arts also offers a busy program of concerts and shows.

“Our appeal is also the result of a great diversity of residential choices,” Branner says. “That includes everything from townhomes and condominiums up to single-family dwellings listing at $1.7 million.”

Robert Wittig, who moved to Middletown with his family 11 years ago from Newark, has been most impressed with the quality of the school system that now boasts two modern high school campuses—Middletown High School and the new Appoquinimink High School. Appoquinimink District schools are, in fact, the best in the state, so they draw new residents to the area from far and wide.

“Middletown is very much geared to youth and youth programs,” says Wittig, who lives just off the fourth tee at Back Creek Golf Club. “There’s a lot of open space here to support activities, and there’s a lot of pride among our youth in those two high schools.”

Middletown’s sports programs are a highlight for Connie Wittig. “Middletown has one of the largest Little League groups in the nation,” she says. “Our son does the football and soccer leagues as well, which are also quite large.”

The Wittigs’ daughter is an equestrian, so Middletown, given its pockets of lush open space, offers her a place to enjoy riding as well as riding instruction. The Wittigs keep their horse at Rowan Farm, which boasts a huge indoor ring, but there are several other equestrian facilities in Middletown.

The Nowaks like the old-time charm and rural feel of the Camden-Wyoming area. Photograph by Jared CastaldiCAMDEN-WYOMING

A Little Bit Country

Kent County is home to the surprising expansion of two historic sister towns that began as a rail depot in the 1800s. Camden and Wyoming—two distinct municipalities linked by the same zip code—have several homes listed on the Register of Historic Places, some that date to the Colonial era.

Those properties coexist nicely with more recent—but still old—clapboard homes, subdivisions such as the Wild Quail golf course community, and remnants of that railroading past, such as the station house in Wyoming. Iconic Fifer Orchards, host of the popular annual peach festival, is a living testament to the area’s agrarian roots.

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